An Atlantic City casino heist carried off early Monday morning has police looking for two armed suspects who fled with more than $180,000 in cash.
The Press of Atlantic City reported
that the robbery occurred at Caesars Atlantic City, where the suspects made off with two plastic cash boxes after brandishing a firearm. They fled past patrons and staff on their way out to a car, which sped off into the night. Their haul was said to be exactly $181,200.
Police haven't released additional details at this time, but have distributed flyers in the area asking anyone who may have seen the heist to contact them.
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The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is overseeing the investigation, which suggests the crime occurred in the casino portion of the resort. Conversely, hotel and public areas that don't feature gaming opportunities are typically overseen by city police.
Despite casinos being portrayed as bastions of high-tech security in movies like "Ocean's Eleven," USA Today reported
that robberies are not uncommon at locations across the country.
In 2010, for example, a man named Anthony Carleo entered the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas wearing a white motorcycle helmet, pointed a handgun at a craps table, stuffed a number of chips into a fanny pack, and fled on his motorcycle. He was later captured and punished.
Atlantic City casinos have seen declining revenue for the past eight years, and thousands of employees are expected to be laid off this year with the closing of more casinos.
The Casino Gaming Bureau is also taking calls from those who have any information about the robbery, and can be reached at 609-441-7464.
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